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I’m Sorry, Did You Say You Were A Real Fan?

Monday, December 14, 2009 (Day after losing to the Chargers)

Mike: How can these guys play such a bad game? They knew how important this game was after losing to the Giants last week.

Dan: I know. That’s two in a row. Another great December run for the Cowboys! They’re done!

Mike:I just don’t understand it. Romo and Phillips needs to go! I can’t watch this team anymore!

Dan: Agreed. No way they make the playoffs, again!!

Monday, January 4, 2010 (Day after beating the Eagles and winning the East)

Mike: Oh man, did you see our Boys beat up those Eagles?

Dan: I knew they could do it. They are the team to beat right now in the NFC. No doubt!!

Mike: You know it. Phillips has our defense playing great right now.

Dan: Our Boys have everything it takes to make a Super Bowl run. Look out!!

*Names have been changed for their own protection*

I’m sure we all know these kinds of people. They bash the teams they say they are die-hard fans of one minute and then praise them the next minute. They always want to go and hide when the team loses and then want to shout from a roof top when they win. These are not true fans. These are what I like to call “Bandwagon fans”. I’ll be the first to admit that I get upset when the Cowboys lose and I will also talk about if someone didn’t play well or made a mistake. To give up on a team you say you are a die-hard fan of when things are not going right and then jump back on board when they are going right is just wrong. It just does not make sense to me when people do that. Be true to the team that you say is your favorite and support them through the good times and the bad times. That is what makes you a real die-hard fan.

I worked with a person last season who said he was a die-hard NY Giant fan. He was “Big Blue through and through” in his words. He loved them and would not stop talking about them when they were 5-0 last season, but after they started losing and giving up 40+ points in games he hated them. He didn’t want anything to do with them. They had become a horrible team and he did not want to be associated with them. As the season went on he jumped onto the NY Jets wagon and not a word about the Giants came from his mouth. Then a week after the Super Bowl it was no longer about the Jets because his cube at work was now decorated in New Orleans Saints colors. How can someone call themselves a die-hard fan of any team when they can’t stick to one team? This person went through three teams in one season. Each time saying he was a die-hard fan of each team, but only when they were winning. I’m happy to report that I no longer work with that person.

It actually gets me mad to the point I have to walk away because talking to these kinds of people is useless. They just don’t get the true meaning of being a diehard fan of a team. During the 2007 season I knew someone who wanted Tom Coughlin fired from the NY Giants. This same person wanted Eli Manning benched and Jared Lorenzen to be the starter. Of course when the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl that season, then Coughlin became a great coach and did a great job with the team and Manning was the greatest quarterback ever.  

As a fan you also have the right to criticize players and coaches. Everyone does it during a long season, but at the same time you cannot give up on a team. As a Cowboys fan I’ve suffered through three straight championship losses in the 1980s. A three win season in 1988 as well as a one win season in 1989. It was beyond frustrating at times, but when they became the team of the 90s it was great. Why? Because I knew deep down that I never gave up and never stopped being a die-hard fan.

I’m always asked during baseball season if I’m a Yankees fan or a Mets fan. I always say that I’m not a fan of either. I watch both teams and I want both to do well. That makes me simply a person who follows baseball, but I am not a fan of either team. I cannot call myself a fan of either NY baseball team when I enjoy watching both teams. Either someone is a fan or they are not. Someone cannot be a Yankees fan and a Red Sox fan or a Mets fan and a Phillies fan. How about if someone said they were a die-hard fan of the Cowboys and the Giants? If you were a die-hard fan yourself I’m sure you would look at that person like they were crazy.

Being a true diehard fan of a team is the greatest thing in the world. There is nothing better than feeling like you are part of a team and believing that you are going through what they are going through. To all the diehard fans (and you know who you are), I say keep it up. For all those bandwagon fans (and you know who you are), I share this poem with you that was written for bandwagon fans that I’m around every day.

ODE TO A BANDWAGON FAN

As we continue on with this NFL season.

A Bandwagon fan is among us with no reason.

He smiles when they win and hides when they lose.

He can’t tell you the player’s names,

But knows enough with the Internet and news.

He’s a Bandwagon fan through and through.

Please stay safe because all that jumping can be brutal.

Never a dull moment in a Bandwagon fans life,

Most likely because he can’t decide which team is right.

It gets a little confusing week after week,

To those Bandwagon fans who love to leap.

Stay on or Stay off.

That it always the question.

It all depends on the score the day after.

So I plead and I beg to the Bandwagon fans,

Stop rocking the cart and become a real fan.

Quotes: Coach and Players Reflect on Week 4

Wade Phillips: “Our team is going to stay together. Our team is going to keep fighting, keep working harder, keep trying to do the things it takes to get better, and we’re going to do that getting ready for this next ball game.

“This team has worked a long time and very hard to stop believing in what we’re doing, stop trusting each other. We’re going to work at it and get better and do something about it.”

Mike Jenkins: “After a loss like that it really hurts. It’s going to happen no matter what, the finger-pointing. Just don’t let it come out, and if you do, do it in a manly fashion. Go up to the person you think had a bad game or you think could have done better, and let them know it. Don’t do it by telling everybody and putting their business out there. At the end of the day you hug each other and still be brothers, and come back as a team.”

“I hope it doesn’t turn out like last year. The situation last year, just finger-pointing, everybody. Just come in, watch the film, everybody correct each other and don’t take it personally. That’s the main thing we need to do is not take it personally and just stick together.”

Jason Witten: “I think this team has done a great job of understanding and learning from that [last season]. Just stay at the grind. We still have a lot of football left and everybody’s playing hard.”

Patrick Crayton: “It’s time for us to really check ourselves now and say, `Hey, look here, regardless of what it’s going to take, we have to come out and we have to start winning these games ugly at the end and be consistent. We’ve got too good of an offense to even put our defense in a situations to where they’ve got to carry us.”

Patrick Crayton (as usual had a lot to say): “We’ve got five freaks of nature up front that are calling for us to run the ball, you would think you’d listen to those guys. We’re trying to grind it out and get an ugly victory. We’re on the road against a 3-0 football team with the No. 1 defense and we blew them out of the water to start the game off, don’t deviate away from that.”

Tony Romo: “When the game is in that situation at that time, we knew that our defense was playing great football and any kind of points would have helped out tremendously. It’s very frustrating not to be able to do that.”

Tony Romo: “It’s a long season. There’s going to be a lot of ups and downs along the way. You obviously want to have one of those streaks where you can run off six, eight wins in a row. Hopefully we can get that started this week.”

Ken Hamlin: “Who says we’re mediocre? Being 2-2 doesn’t mean you’re mediocre. I can go back in the past and go through teams who were 1-2 or 2-2 or whatever at this time and still went to the Super Bowl.”

Bradie James: “We still have a lot of ball to play. But next month, we won’t have a lot of ball to play. So we need to right some wrongs right now and find a way.”

And lastly, my personal favorite…

Keith Brooking: “We didn’t play good enough to win. It doesn’t matter what the offense did. We went into the half and it was our game to win. We were up 10-7 and if they don’t score anymore then we win. They had one long drive on us and one long play. I don’t care how good we played for 64-of-65 plays if there are 65 plays in the game you have to play well for 65 plays. I don’t want to hear the offense getting blamed. We win as a team and we lose as a team.”

“We’re done with the first quarter of the season. The ball game’s tied up. We’ve got to win the next three quarters. It’s the only way I know to look at it.

“We win the next three quarters and we’re going to be where we want to be.”

***NOTE: These quotes were taken from dallascowboys.com, dallasnews.com, Yahoo! Sports, and ESPN.com

Are You ‘Cowboys Obsessed’??

I am. Everywhere I turn, I see something Cowboys. My apartment is filled with a lot Cowboys things. My truck is yellow in color, but I have Cowboys memorabilia all over it from stickers on the back of the truck bed to the steering wheel cover, all Cowboys. At work I have to wear scrubs but I have on Cowboys crocs and a Cowboys watch. My work badge also has a Cowboys pin on it too. I did have to make one scrub top into a Cowboys scrub top by putting a patch on it.. When I am not working, I am wearing something Cowboys. Just last week, I walked into a business and they recognized me because of all my Cowboys clothing I wear. I usually am wearing a Dallas Cowboys hat too. Are you the same way?

It has gotten to the point my fiancee is now a Cowboys fan by just watching me watch the games. She bleeds Blue and Silver just like me. I found that out in the Cowboys/Bills game 2 years ago. Tony had a bad game but Folk won it for us. I was jumping up and down and then looked over and she was doing the same. That’s when I knew she was hooked. Now we have a little bambino on the way. She agreed with me that when the baby is born something to do with the Cowboys will be incorporated into the name. We know what the name will be if it is a boy or girl. But we wont give away that secret right now.

Does anyone feel the same way? Is anyone else ‘Cowboys obsessed’? Maybe someone else is more obsessed than I am. Who knows. But we enjoy our Cowboys and are not afraid to show it. Now the only thing I haven’t done is meet a Dallas Cowboy in person, someday I think I will. But living in Bear country it is slim. In the next few months I will be featured in Dallas Cowboys Star magazine in the fan profile section. My next thing is to get an Cowboys tattoo with my fiancee and kids name in it somewhere. If you would like to see what some of my room looks like go to my myspace page. If your not a friend already become one. If that isn’t obsessed I don’t know what is. Tell me ways you are obsessed with our beloved Cowboys?

How ’bout them Cowboys!

Is the bad Romo starting to outweigh the good??

I wanted to give myself some time to recover before I typed anything I would regret.  I needed to sleep on it to make sure I really felt this way.  The problem was I couldn’t sleep.  The thought that kept going in and out of my mind was: Has the bad Tony Romo started to outshine the good? 

Another game, another turnover.  In this case it was turnovers.  Make no doubt about it, this one hurt.  I will not say that the last INT was entirely Romo’s fault.  But as he said it came out of his hand so he will put that one on him.  It goes without saying: Tony is the best cowboy QB since Aikman.  That we know.  The question is can he lead this team to the Super Bowl?  Hey, 13-3 regular seasons, home playoff games and potential playoff runs don’t happen every year..just ask the Patriots.  An 0-2 post season record and at least one turnover in 15 of the last 16 games will not get it done.  It was after the first INT that I yelled out my first, “every game”.  After the third I starting to get the scary vision that Tony Romo may end up being a new version of Jake Plummer.  He can make plays with his feet, he will be exciting as hell, but he will have at least one turnover every game.  The way the defense played yesterday, and for the past month, they deserved better.  Look what Big Ben did.  I know he was at home but he made the plays to win. Before this year I would have given you two QB’s that I would rather have than Romo(Brady & P Manning).  Now, I can think of 5…with at least 8 more that are very debatable. 

Hey, the season is not over and Tony’s career can not be defined by one bad game.  He will have the next 3 weeks and hopefully more to prove he can lead the Cowboys to the big game.  But make no mistake about it.  The bloom is off the Romo rose.  A disapointing finish to this year will do nothing but make these rumblings a whole lot louder.